Oppian: [Greek title:] Alieutikwn biblia pente… Kynhgetikwn biblia tessara. Oppiani de piscibus libri V. Eiusdem de venatione libri IIII. Oppiani de piscibus Laurentio Lippio interprete libri V. [colophon:] Venetiis [Venice:] in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri […] 1517. 8vo. Editio princeps of De Venatione. ff. 166, [ii], printed in Greek italic, Aldine device on title and verso of last leaf, light stain on title but generally clean. Old vellum with leather label on spine. Pencilled inscription on pastedown: D.A. Morison from Arthur Cope, October 1939. “Edition rare et recherchée” (Brunet).
The first appearance, together, of perhaps the most celebrated treatises of antiquity on hunting and fishing, attributed to Oppianus of Corycus and Oppianus of Apamea. The latter’s De Venatione or Cynegetica forms the cornerstone of most later literature on hunting. The Halieutica or De Piscibus by Oppianus of Corycus, a work on fish and fishing, was first published in Latin translation by Lorenzo Lippi in 1478; the editio princeps in Greek first appeared in 1515. The two Oppians were considered to be identical, but De Venatione can be dated to between 211 and 217 A.D. and the author of the second work is known to have lived during the reign of Marcus Aurelius 161-180 A.D. Oppianus of Corycus & Oppianus of Apamea. Renouard 81:9; Adams O-200; Brunet IV, 194-195.